Chiropractic Make Me Prove It!

Make Me Prove It! says the bold text in a chiropractors advertisement that appeared in a Los Angeles newspaper around 1921. The chiropractor, Dr. C.C. Petersen, was one of several downtown Los Angeles area chiropractors placing advertisements in local newspapers. Similar to the You Need Not Be Sick! advertisement by 1919 chiropractor Joseph H. Coleman, Dr. Petersens ad mentions more than 15 so-called conditions that could be addressed with a chiropractic adjustment. Make Me Prove It! (1920s Chiropractic Advertisement) The text is not the easiest to read but the information on the left says: CC Petersen’s chiropractic adjustments remove the cause […]

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You Need Not Be Sick

In honor of Founder’s Day, a.k.a. the Birthday of Chiropractic, I am sharing this newspaper clipping from a chiropractic advertisement placed around 1919 in Los Angeles California. The title reads YOU NEED NOT BE SICK! Chiropractic adjustings release pressure off nerves, the cause of all sickness. Conditions listed in the advertising include… Rheumatism Asthma Bronchitis Lumbago Neuralgia Stomach, Spleen, Liver and Eye Troubles High Blood Pressure Nervous and Skin Disorders Constipation Headaches Neuritis Catarrh Deafness Paralysis Hayfever Chiropractors of today may notice that there is no mention of neck pain, sciatica, low back pain (instead lumbago is used), or scoliosis. […]

Fundamentals of Chiropractic

I don’t know the source of the material I’m sharing here today but I certainly thought it was worth sharing (it was worth me re-reading it as well – Guilty). I was in the garage cleaning out some old textbooks and notes from my days in chiropractic school and I came across this on two sheets of paper. It was amongst boxes of historical chiropractic information gathered over the years. I have a suspicion who the author is but I am verifying the information first. Chiropractic is not the treatment of symptoms, nor is it the treatment of disease. Chiropractic […]

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. I’ve recently been enjoying reading and studying two different directories I’ve acquired for the city of Los Angeles, published in the years 1915 and 1916. These books were the beginning of what later became known to most of us as the Yellow Pages and I’ve been fascinated with the near century old ancestry of local search, advertising (especially for chiropractic schools and chiropractors), and vision that these individuals had. Association of American Directory Publishers The scanned page shown above is from a 1916 directory for the city of Los Angeles. The books were not prominently known […]

Los Angeles Rich in Chiropractic History

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. I don’t know if chiropractic history is still taught in chiropractic schools, but I would imagine most chiropractors hopefully know that chiropractic was founded by DD Palmer in 1895. The birthplace of chiropractic is Davenport Iowa and the Palmer School of Chiropractic located in that city is commonly referred to as the Fountainhead. Chiropractors, including DD Palmer himself, began appearing on record in other US states shortly after the 1890s. The first record I have of a chiropractor practicing in Los Angeles California is in the year 1902. Chiropractic in the Los Angeles County area was […]

Ratledge System of Chiropractic Schools

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. I’ve written before about historic chiropractic schools (like Manhattan Chiropractic College), places that existed as long as 100 years ago, but are no longer around today. In cases like the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now SCUHS and currently in Whittier, California), I’ve shared advertising from when the school was located at 920 Venice Blvd. in Los Angeles California around 1946. While LACC was established in 1911 in Southern California, it was not the first school of chiropractic on the West Coast. That honor goes to the Ratledge System of Chiropractic Schools, established in 1908, and […]

D.D. Palmer Poster photographed at the Ocean Place Hotel in North Long Branch, NJ. I was in town for a New Beginnings Chiropractic Philosophy Seminar. Along with a drawing of D.D. Palmer are words written by him regarding disease, drugs, God, and the Universe. Disease does not originate OUTSIDE the body. It is not the work of devils, for God created the Universe. Drugs, serums and pus of diseased animals will not release pressure upon the spinal nerves and spinal cords. There is an Intelligence WITHIN — let’s call it INNATE which transmits to every organ and tissue cell the […]

Los Angeles College of Chiropractic 1946

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. I found this advertisement for the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (today known as the Southern California University of Health Sciences) in a 1946 chiropractic publication. The College, located in Whittier California, recently announced the appointment of a new college president. The school is going to be celebrating its centennial next year (2011), which is quite a milestone for a chiropractic educational institution. Los Angeles College of Chiropractic Circa 1946 Established in 1911, the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic was celebrating a third of a century when this ad was placed around 1946, in a chiropractic […]

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By Michael Dorausch, D.C. If you followed along any of the chiropractic writing I’ve done in the last 12 years or so, chances are you’ve read about mentions I’ve made on numerous historical chiropractic events. While everyday is a day of chiropractic history, some events are better publicized than others, and many don’t receive any press (inside or outside of chiropractic) at all. $2250 Chiropractic Research Funding check in 1945 The above is an image showing a photottatic copy of a check for $2250 marked pay to the order of  Chiropractic Research Funding by Los Angeles Hospital, Inc. in December […]

Medical Mimicry

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. I was looking for a computer disk in the closet earlier and I found an old piece of paper with a photocopy featuring some text from BJ Palmer, the developer of chiropractic. Some will criticize the information posted, others will say that the words are just as strong and true today as they were when first written. Here is a scan of the image followed by a link to a PDF file I created of the photocopy before recycling it. For those interested, here is the PDF file. BJ Palmer Medical Mimicry I don’t know why […]